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IV Sedation Dentist

Many people are fearful of the dental chair and potential pain or discomfort that can accompany it. At Carson & Carson DDS, we offer both IV Sedation and IM Sedation to our patients so that you can have a pain free dental visit you that won’t even remember! At Carson & Carson DDS, our dentists are available 24 hours a day to treat any dental emergency. Call us today for an appointment with the Oxnard Dentist with over 45 years of experience.

IV or IM sedation is an optimal solution if you:Intravenous Sedation with dentist and patient

  • are not numbed easily from local anesthetics
  • want to sleep through your dental visit
  • are nervous about dental treatment
  • have an easily triggered gag reflex
  • fear dental visits
  • require a lot of work in a single visit
  • or just haven’t been to the dentist in a long time

We believe that every patient deserves to be relaxed and comfortable when receiving dental care. We offer sedation for a number procedures including root canals and our pediatric dentistry services.

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Carson & Carson: Expert Sedation Dentists since 1994

Patient sleeping through dental treatment at Carson & Carson, DDS in Oxnard, California

Too nervous to see the dentist? Sleep right through your dental treatment!

Both of our dentists Dr. LeRoy Carson and Dr. Derek Carson are certified by the State of California Board of Dental Examiners and are experts in sedation with decades of experience ranging back to 1994. Additionally, our dentists are both board certified conscious sedation examiners & evaluators. With decades of experience in sleep dentistry, our dentists are able to offer you a safe and relaxing alternative to being awake during your dental treatment through IV or IM Sedation. With over 45 years of experience serving Oxnard, feel confident that you are receiving care from some of the most accomplished and trusted dentists in the Los Angeles & Ventura area!

IV (Intravenous) Sedation

IV sedation is one of the most effective techniques in relieving dental anxiety for patients and is administered intravenously. It is the preferred method and is administered directly through the veins providing rapid sedation.


  • Patients have little memory of the procedureFluid Bag for Intravenous Sedation
  • IV is a deeper sedation than oral or inhaled sedatives
  • Gag reflex is greatly diminished
  • Dosage is measured to exact specification of individual
  • Great for bypassing dental anxiety
  • Unwanted reactions to the drug can be quickly & easily reversed



  • Cannot drive home by yourself
  • Site of injection can become infected
  • More expensive procedure

IM (Intramuscular) Sedation

Another preferred solution is IM Sedation which is administered intramuscularly with a shot into the muscle. IM Sedation is the go to option when IV is not available, but it is generally less controllable than IV Sedation. This method of sedation is Ideal when you are too anxious for a dental procedure or when an individual is uncooperative.



  • Rapid onset
  • Longer lasting effects
  • More reliably absorbed by the body than oral sedatives
  • Patient cooperation not as essential


  • Inability to Titrate (or measure and adjust balance of): Less accurate prediction of dosage
  • Inability to reverse drug action
  • Prolonged duration of drug effect
  • Site of injection can become infected

IV Sedation Case Studies

After the dental care is complete, the IV or IM medication will wear off, and the process of returning to a state of alertness is monitored by the administering dentist and qualified dental staff. All localized anesthesia and shots are completed after the patient is sedated.

To be sedated in our Oxnard dental practice, the patients or their parents, if a minor, must fill out a detailed health questioner and form. The patient has their blood pressure and pulse rate checked and recorded before, during, and after treatment.

This is a typical IV/IM sedation setup in the Oxnard dental office.

This is Dr. LeRoy K. Carson’s IV sedation license. Dr. Derek Carson also has an IV sedation license as well. Both sedation dentists are licensed and experienced.

This is Dr. LeRoy K. Carson’s appointment as an IV sedation evaluator for the State of California. Every IV dentist is required to be evaluated every five years in office.



Never fear the dentist again with the easy sedation options offered at Carson & Carson DDS

Find the dental plan that suits you best with the wide selection of services offered at Carson & Carson Dental office in Oxnard. To discuss the process, pricing, or more information on the use of sedation, please call our Oxnard office today at (805) 983-0717.

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